Valerie Worthington

Valerie Worthington

 

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Ever heard a grappler talk about going to “gi” or “no-gi” class? What does it mean? How do they compare? Do they differ in ways that make a difference? Read on for more details.
When traveling and visiting a BJJ academy, one will typically find what one goes looking for - good training and new friends...or a fight. Read on for the 10 tips for surviving a visit!
Considering entering a grappling tournament? Read on for some suggestions about how to make the most of your experience.
How can you optimize your training while still juggling all the other balls you have in the air? Get clear about what you are and are not willing to do to improve - and own those decisions.
What do a PhD and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu have in common? More than you think. Think about your training as an academic discipline - and think about what you're willing to do to excel.
How can grappling and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu be a metaphor for life? The way we find balance in grappling can be the very same tools we use to find emotional balance throughout our day.
Everyone strikes some kind of balance in their lives. Our pursuits at physical balance can enlighten our metaphysical ones. Do you feel your life is lacking in balance?
How often do you pat yourself on the back? Probably not as often as you do it for other people. Belts in martial arts give us a chance to look back and contemplate our achievements.
Have a friend who's become obsessed with Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu or grappling? Not sure how to communicate with them anymore? Read these 10 tips to win over your martial arts friend!
“Leave your ego at the door” - as you cross the threshold into the grappling academy or gym, tap into your humility really fast. You can learn a vital truth from anyone - if you are willing to do so.
One thing I have become pretty good at is helping people feel comfortable drilling and training with me; this, in turn helps me have a more enjoyable training experience.
What exactly IS wrong with Randy Couture's ear?!? Beauty is in the eye - and for some, the ear - of the beholder. Read on for more details about cauliflower ear.